Women’s History Month 2012: Beach Pace

When I decided to commit to City Year San José/Silicon Valley I had no knowledge of the people on the ground. I didn’t really care. In my mind I was giving up a year of my life to work in an underserved community and then getting out. Period. I had no idea that it would be…

Lessons from the Idealist’s Journey

I have recently embarked on my third year serving with a fantastic organization that has been steadily gaining traction over the past 22 years: City Year. I think back to 2 years ago with an ever-impending deadline approaching (college graduation) and not having the most clear idea regarding what I wanted to do with my…

Coming Back

I remember when I first walked in to the City Year San José/Silicon Valley office on W. Santa Clara Avenue in San José. The feeling of welcome, happiness, and most importantly belonging. I knew that I would want to stay with this organization for a long time.   I began my first year of service…

Helping Our Students (Re)write Their Stories

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement gap….

Service Is An Act of Love

One of the first things you lose during your City Year is perspective. At this crucial point in the year we pause to reflect on our service up to this point to gain the perspective we’ve lost over the past 6 months.